Airlines are looking for new frequent flyer members and are willing to front bonus miles to get them. Traditional frequent flyers aren’t traveling so much now, and flights have a lower proportion of members than airlines are used to. They need a marketing relationship with the people who are flying, in order to encourage them to fly more and take their credit cards.
Star Alliance member TAP Air Portugal sells monthly mileage packages. For Black Friday (until November 30, 2020 in Lisbon) they’re offering more miles than usual at signup, more miles per month, and elite status as a signup promotion. The offer lets you buy miles at just over half a cent apiece and have access to United Clubs when flying United domestically.
The former Chairman of Thai Airways is just now receiving a two year sentence for activities dating to 2009: he abused his authority by not paying overweight bag fees on a trip home from Japan. The incident was investigated – and he paid back the fees, and lost his job – a decade ago.
I thought I’d take the Thanksgiving opportunity to express my thankfulness for each of you that reads my blog and interacts with me throughout the year. I’ve said this many times before but I really do consider myself one of the luckiest people, and certainly much more fortunate than I could have ever imagined.
Delta Air Lines, which has developed a reputation for extreme reliability, has faced a Thanskgiving operational meltdown cancelling a more flights over the holiday weekend than they typically cancel in a year. So far on Thanksgiving day Delta has cancelled 259 flights, or 18% of its schedule. By comparison, American Airlines has cancelled 5 flights and United has cancelled 7.
What’s going on at Delta? Delta’s meltdown seems to be a combination of poor operational management, and failing to use the tools available to them which would incur costs.
Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has been chosen by Joe Biden to be his Secretary of the Treasury. She’s experienced and well-credentialed. But she shows up at airports “hours early” to… ensure access to overhead bin space.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock tweeted this morning that residents should avoid Thanksgiving travel – and then 30 minutes later got on a plane.
By 9 a.m. this morning Delta Air Lines had cancelled over 80 flights today, on what’s expected to be the busiest travel day since March. There are even more cancellations tomorrow. So far FlightAware appears to be tracking over 420 Delta cancellations throughout the holiday weekend.
Air India announced three-times weekly San Francisco – Bangalore non-stop service starting January 11, 2021. It will be Air India’s longest route, on board a Boeing 777-200LR.
American Airlines announced Bangalore service first, followed by United. American’s service will start last and appears to be the most vulnerable with this move.
One of the better value spinner bag companies is Delsey, and Amazon has a two piece spinner set marked down from $130 to $49.99 with free prime shipping.
These are polycarbonate bags, and I suggest them in the value category at regular price. At $50 for two bags this is an amazing price for what you get. .